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We're halfway into the Kids Quilt Round Robin, which I'm hosting with Sarah of Berry Barn Designs. We sent off R's animal block to Z and G's sports block to Caitlyn on June 1st. And shortly thereafter R and G received the blocks that they would be adding to in round 2.

R received this adorable treehouse block from A & C (Sarah's kids, ages 8 and 6), sisters who are working together to make their little brother a quilt. The girls asked for blocks featuring tree houses, outdoor play, or trees.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR treehouse block

In planning the block she would create, R initially drew a tree house identical to the one on the first block. It's a fine balance sewing with kids... giving them creative control, but also helping to guide them. Eventually she made some decisions to personalize her block through picking fabrics from her (and my) stash. She mentioned wanting to add a pond and I offered my fish fabric. From their notes she knew that A & C have cats, so R wanted to use some of her cat fabrics. (I did manage to dissuade her from using the 6" tall sushi cats.) R chose two cat prints and picked two playful kittens for the area near the base of the tree and a sleeping cat to put up in the tree. We worked on the "design floor" to layout the quilt block. The final addition was to add a rainbow. I think this was a great solution to the empty space in that section of the block.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR

R chose all her fabrics and helped me iron to prepare the fabric. We used Heat n' Bond Lite fusible. I ironed it on and trimmed the fabric per R's specifications and she peeled off the backing paper. Then we worked together to press the fabrics in place.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR sewing with mom

She chose all the thread colors. I especially like her choice of the Aurifil Marrakesh variegated thread for stitching on the rainbow. :-) R sat on my lap and "steered" while I worked the pedal of the sewing machine.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR rainbow and cat in tree

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR applique detail

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR applique detail

I love the personality of her block. She is very proud of her work. And I heard that the girls are very excited about the kittens. :-)

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR quilting with kids

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR treehouse theme

 

G received a lovely rainbow block from Hannah (age 5). (Who doesn't love a rainbow!?) She chose a theme of rainbow stripes for her quilt and indicated that brown is her favorite color.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR rainbow block

G quickly and easily pulled fabrics for his block. Since his "rainbow plus brown" included seven colors, and the sections he was making finish at 10" squares, I suggested he not try to have equal width stripes. He worked out the math and provided me a cutting list. I opted for cutting a little larger... I cut all the strips 11" long instead of 10 1/2" and cut the end strips (red and brown) 1/4" wider than they needed to be. This way we had some wiggle room to not end up short on the overall block. I trimmed down each unit before he put the last four sections together for the final block. He used the design wall to keep himself organized as he worked.

G did all his piecing independently, with a minimum of seam ripping. He's working on accurately pinning which really helped him keep the fabrics lined up. Just three pins on the 11" strips seemed to be right.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR quilting with kids

I love the addition of the brown triangles on the corners as it gives the block a pinwheel vibe.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR quilting with kids

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR rainbow stripes

 

You can check out everything going on with the eight quilts in our Kids Quilt Round Robin on Instagram.

Kids Quilt Round Robin KQRR

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May was our first month sewing with the kiddos for the Kids Quilt Round Robin that I'm co=hosting with Sarah of Berry Barn Designs. My kids have each created a 20" x 20" block.

My daughter R decided on an animal theme. She wanted to make a star block and chose this version with quarter square triangles. We made the QSTs oversized and trimmed them down to size.

The star unit is an 18" finished block, so R chose to add one strip of each fabric to bring the block up to size. I loved listening to her talk herself through the decision of where to put which strip.

She decided on a design with the border strips that required partial seams, so I helped her with that. Now she can check that off her Quilter's Card. ;-)

 

My son G chose a sports theme for this quilt. He wanted to make a baseball and bat (the glove got edited out in the process) so I helped him sew his first inset circle and do his first fusible applique. For his circle, he started by drawing on the stitches with a fabric marker. Then we used the "pin the heck out of it" method of machine sewing an inset circle. I got him started and we worked together on pinning the first 1/4 of the circle, then I handed off to him with pins at the 1/8 points of the circle and he filled in by pinning between those. He had to take a break because, "It's like, BAM oh, I only went through one layer. BAM aww, it's in the wrong place, BAM *finally* I put the pin in the right place... for every pin." Quilting is apparently very hard work. ;-)

He machine pieced the circle, taking a few slow stitches between removing pins. He worked on smoothing the purple fabric to alleviate puckers.

For his applique he drew the bat the size he wanted it on paper, then traced it onto fusible.

G finished the applique by stitching around the perimeter with a fancy stitch.

 

Both blocks have been mailed off to the kids who will add a block to the project. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with. We're also looking forward to seeing what comes our way for the kids to work on next!

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Summer break from school is approaching. Among other things, this means a little more time for my kids to sew. I was discussing summer sewing plans with Sarah of Berry Barn Designs and she suggested that we co-host a kids round robin. This idea sounded great to me. We’ve gathered a group of nine young quilters from around the United States to participate in our Kids Quilt Round Robin. (We have one team of sisters sewing together, so eight quilts will be made. The round robin will have two groups of four.)

A round robin is a group of people participating to contribute to each other’s quilts, where the entire project is passed around the circle, with each person contributing. In each group of four, the kids will sew one section for their own quilt and one section for each of the other three quilts. When the project returns to them, they will have four completed units to put together a 40” x 40” quilt top.

Officially starting May 1, the kids will each sew their first 20” x 20” block or 10” x 40” row in May. (Of course parent help is allowed!) Then the first of the month in June, July and August their project will be passed to the next person in their group. September 1st the package will return to them so the quilt top can be put together and quilted.

My kids have each decided on the theme for their quilt. My daughter, R, will be making a cat quilt, and she’s chosen a geometric block featuring Tula Pink’s Disco Kitty fabric. She’ll be sending some extra Tula fabric along in case the other kids would like to include it in their blocks. My son, G, has decided on a sports theme for his quilt and is featuring baseball in his first block. He’ll be piecing his first inset circle and using applique in his design.

I’ll be sharing our KQRR sewing each month, and in November we’ve planned a blog hop to show off the finished projects.

If you have a young quilter, we’d love for you to sew along with us at home. Tag Me @sarahmgoer and Sarah @berrybarndesigns on Instagram with your progress shots.

My biggest tip for sewing and quilting with kids is to work in small chunks of time (and to take a break if either of you get frustrated). One block or row a month is a good, slow pace in my opinion. When sewing with my son on his first quilt, sometimes it would just be one or two seams that we’d put together in a sewing session. All those little bits add up!

I look forward to sharing what we create in the round robin and seeing what your young quilters create. Happy sewing!

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